Starbucks Predicts Its Gift Cards Will Be Really Popular This Christmas

December 22, 2015, 6:00 PM UTC

Starbucks (SBUX) is expecting a lot of business from last minute shoppers this Christmas Eve.

It’s predicting record numbers of Starbucks gift card purchases on Dec. 24 topping the 2.5 million North American sales made on the same day last year, the company stated in a press release. Starbucks added that since it began the program 15 years ago, customers in the U.S. and Canada have loaded over $25 billion onto gift cards, $5 billion of which has been in just the last fiscal year, and $1.6 billion in just the past three months.

Though Starbucks is expecting the trend to continue its upward trajectory, a survey by the National Retail Federation suggests the holiday gift may be losing its popularity. Although gift cards remain the most requested gift for the ninth year running, less people will be receiving them this year. Last year, 80.1% of survey responders said that they planned to purchase at least one gift card during the holiday season. This year, that number went down to 73.4%.

Not only will less consumers purchase the cards, but also those that do will spend less. The 2014 survey showed that, on average, people planned to spend $172.74 on gift cards. This year’s survey showed an average of $153.08, an 11.4% decrease.

As for the types of retailers that will benefit from these purchases, coffee shops are fourth with a slight 0.5% decrease in popularity since last year. The most popular gift cards are those for restaurants, department stores, and top credit card companies like Visa and MasterCard.

Fortune has reached out to Starbucks for comment.

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